Visitor Safety in Wapusk National Park
Communication Systems | Rescue Capability | Natural Hazards | Minimizing Risk
There are no emergency communication systems in place in Wapusk National Park. A satellite phone is the best way to make contact with rescuers in case of emergency. As a safety precaution, we recommend visitors carry a satellite phone over other communication methods. Topography, high winds, fog and cloud cover may disrupt or prevent satellite phone communication.
In case of an emergency, contact Jasper Dispatch at 1-780-852-3100. This number is monitored 24 hours a day.
These radios are used by Parks Canada staff and research partners. However, range is limited, and reception is variable and can be impossible at times due to weather and atmospheric conditions.
Personal Locator Beacons (PLB)
Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) can also be carried into remote areas. The PLB distress signal contains the serial number of the beacon that allows identification of the registered owner. Make sure your PLB is properly registered with the Canadian Beacon Registry at 1-877-406-SOS1 (7671) or online: http://beacons.nss.gc.ca
When activated, PLBs send a distress signal to the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ontario who will initiate a rescue from there. This signal is non-reversible and should only be used in life threatening situations.
Please note that even when a PLB has been activated, it could still take from eight hours to several days for help to arrive. Be prepared to handle emergencies with the skills and equipment your party has brought.